umphrey’s mcgee side show 12.17.04 schuba’s, chicago, il

With Chicago becoming bitterly cold, I was unbelievably happy when Umphrey’s McGee announced that Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinniger would be putting on an acoustic show to benefit Keys 4 Kids; it was going to be at Schuba’s right down the street from my apartment. If you’ve never been to this bar/venue, try and make the trip. It’s a truly great Chicago spot to see a show.

umph-schubas.jpgThe show had a great many covers, including That’s the Way (Led Zeppelin) and I’m Only Sleeping (The Beatles), with the latter sending great chills down my spine. Every time I see these guys perform, I want to quit my day job and follow them around the country. Andy had a nice little percussion setup going on, while Joel came on mid set to grab a spot to the left of Brendan on a huge bar stool.

The show highlights to me included Bullhead City, The Crooked One > Kielbasa Sauage, and Roulette with the keyboard part sung by Joel and Brendan. It was a wonderfully intimate show, as I’m sure a lot of their other acoustic shows have been. Read on for the setlist and some photos…

Previously: Umphrey’s McGee on the Cover of Relix

Check out these amazing photos put up on Webshots by umphs100 (via The Bort).

Here’s the setlist from The Bort (thanks to jwelsh)…

Schuba’s, Chicago, Illinois

One Set:
Resolution > Jam, In the Kitchen, That’s the Way (Led Zeppelin), Never Cease to Amaze, Walletsworth^, Nemo^, Pequod^^, Women Wine and Song, I’m Only Sleeping (The Beatles), Bad Poker, Bullhead City$, Helplessly Hoping$ (Crosby, Stills, and Nash), The Crooked One, Kielbasa Sausage (Tenacious D), Bell Bottom Blues (Derek and the Dominos), Trouble (Cat Stevens), Willin’ (Little Feat), Roulette^

second annual Xmas Party; procedes benefited Keys 4 Kids charity
Jake and Brendan solo show, on acoustics
Andy was on percussion for most of the show
^ with Joel on vocals
^^ with Joel on “whale sounds”
$ with Elliott Peck on vocals